Over the past several days it’s been on my heart to pray against the spirit of resistance. I’m not only talking about the political resistance we see marching on Washington, although that is part of it, I’m primarily feeling a need to pray against the spiritual resistance that’s been infiltrating our daily lives.
We have become resistant to the ways of the Lord, put His desires behind our own and placed society above spirituality. As a whole, we no longer go to the Lord first, run to Him before running to man, cling to His ways like a lifeline and live our lives according to His Word. We have resisted the morals and values God desires for His people, His children. We have allowed the ways of the world to infiltrate our way of thinking and been hardened towards the Spirit, losing our sensitivity and ability to hear Him as He cries out to us, as He speaks to us in that still small voice. We resist all those who tell us our way of living isn’t aligned with the Word and refuse to allow conviction to play any role in our lives. We, as a society, as a whole, as a church, have been heavily attacked by the spirit of resistance.
This resistance has flowed into our churches and politics like a flood. Our podiums are no longer filled with men and women preaching the truth of the Word, no matter how unpopular it may be, but rather those who desire to please their congregations rather than pleasing their God. It must stop.
While walking to the metro this morning a song came on that said, “take me back to the beginning, when I was young, running through the fields with you”. The words struck my heart with such force because the image of us each running in a field with the Lord, alone with only the Spirit to guide us, smiling in innocence and laughing with expectation, is what God desires for us. We have to go back to where we once were as a church, as a people, completely and totally relying on Him and accepting whatever it is He desires each of us to do.
There was a time when God’s people refused to resist Him, when they accepted every commandment and lived their lives according to His Word alone. It was a time of walls falling, enemies being destroyed, lions mouth closing, scepters being lifted and water parting. We must go back to that time, when we listen to no voice other than His and never walk a path He doesn’t first assign us to.
We must fight against the spirit of resistance, for our sakes and the sakes of Gods people, we must stand strong in who we are in Him and who He is in us.
We are His and His alone.
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” -Psalm 118:9